NOTE REGARDING TRAVEL TO PHILIPPINES: Some applicants have inquired about the safety of travel to the Philippines. The U.S. State Department has issued the following travel advisory: “The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid all non-essential travel to the Sulu Archipelago and through the southern Sulu Sea, and to exercise extreme caution when traveling to the island of Mindanao, due to continued terrorist threats, insurgent activities, and kidnappings."
The State Department travel advisory applies to Mindanao, which is a separate southern island – far from where the HYC will be taking place. There is no specified danger in the places where our team will be serving in the Philippines (Ormoc City) which is located in the province of Leyte. While there is an inherent risk to serving in any developing country, there is no specified danger or advisory against traveling to Ormoc City, Philippines. If you are not comfortable with these conditions, you can opt to serve in one of our other December sites – Cambodia, Nepal and Daytona Beach (USA).